Oleksandr Medvedchenko, some of the biggest drivers in Ukrainian historical past, won a two-year state scholarship from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on 22 December 2023.
Medvedchenko spent a lot of his profession within the Soviet Formulation Easter Championship; Formulation Easter is an open-wheel spec for drivers residing within the Japanese Bloc, who didn’t input the usual international racing ladders because of the Chilly Conflict. The FIA by no means officially supplied fortify to Formulation Easter however in a different way said its life. With out a outdoor fortify, automobiles had been completely constructed the use of portions from at the back of the Iron Curtain and Soviet-friendly COMECON (Council for Mutual Financial Help) participants; Estonia, who had higher get entry to to the related era, constructed most of the best Formulation Easter automobiles together with Medvedchenko’s.
He completed 11th in his rookie season in 1976, then went on to say 5 championships together with 4 in a row from 1979 to 1982. He endured to be an ordinary till its dissolution along that of the Soviet Union in 1991, along with his ultimate championship run being a runner-up within the Formulation 1600 standings.
Medvedchenko additionally raced within the Japanese Bloc’s Cup of Peace and Friendship‘s single-seater department, completing 3rd within the 1981 standings and runner-up in 1984.
In 1992, after the Soviet Union’s fall and his house nation’s independence, Medvedchenko used to be recruited to race a KrAZ-5450 within the FIA Ecu Truck Racing Championship. Starting building in 1991, the truck didn’t resemble its manufacturing opposite numbers, a contravention of sequence laws; it used a two-stroke diesel engine from the Kharkiv-based Malyshev Manufacturing facility, who specialized in development tanks, and used to be a two-axle fashion which used to be extraordinary for the KrAZ line.
Medvedchenko drove the 5450 on the ERTC’s Nürburgring spherical, the place it ran 7th in apply however coughed up black smoke that raised fear from different competition. It endured nevertheless, however suffered a damaged rear hub bearing right through the primary warmth race and Medvedchenko used to be categorised fourteenth. The truck, the one time a Ukrainian producer entered the championship, by no means raced once more and used to be sooner or later left deserted earlier than being came upon in 2019 and restored through its author Vladimir Gavrilenko.
The Kyiv local has additionally dabbled in home rallies and the Ukrainian Circuit Racing Championship.
“We sincerely congratulate our colleague and want him numerous power and energy within the selling the advance of bodily tradition and sports activities in Ukraine,” reads a observation from the Car Federation of Ukraine.
Since 2011, the President of Ukraine is in a position to award scholarships to people who have contributed very much in fields like sports activities, science, and the humanities. Medvedchenko used to be amongst twenty-four who were given two-year scholarships in December whilst 3 others were given them for lifestyles. Those include stipends paid out each and every month at some point of the scholarship.